Maldives chief justice threatened, President Yameen rejects court order

Maldives chief justice threatened, President Yameen rejects court order

In a statement released on Tuesday, the three judges not placed under arrest said they were rescinding the order to free Mr Yameen's opponents "in light of the concerns raised by the President".

In addition to Nasheed, the other top political leaders named in the order included Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim, religiously conservative Adhaalath Party (AP) leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla, former defence minister Mohamed Nazim, former vice president Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor and Gayoom's lawmaker son Faris Maumoon.

"The prevailing political developments in Maldives and the resultant law and order situation is a matter of concern for the government of India", the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

ATA released statement confirmed Maldives was still a haven for tourists and travelers despite several outbound travel advisories were issued from countries like US, UK, India and China.

"We expect the authorities of the Maldives to abide by the ruling and for the government to engage in inclusive dialogue with the leaders of all political parties".

For their part, India and the USA said they were "concerned" and troubled by the emergency decree, while the United Nations, the European Union, the United Kingdom and Germany urged Yameen to lift it and restore civil liberties.

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Male: Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Monday declared a state of emergency amid the political crisis in the country.

With the political crisis in the Maldives showing no signs of abating, the chief justice has reportedly also received threats to his life via anonymous telephone calls.

The emergency decree gives officials sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize property and restrict freedom of assembly.

He asked "Yameen and (the) Maldives government to peacefully end the state of emergency, restore all articles of the constitution, take immediate steps to implement in full the order of the Supreme Court, and to permit and support the full, free and proper functioning of Parliament". "I had to declare a national emergency because there was no other way to investigate these judges", Gayoom said in a televised address to the nation, according to PTI.

On Monday he ordered the arrest of his estranged half-brother and former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who had sided with the main opposition.

The Maldives is an archipelago of more than 1,000 islands with fewer than 400,000 citizens, more than one-third of them living in the crowded capital city, Male.

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